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Doctors Shouldn’t Give You Shots!

201312 Denny_MS_flier_croppedDenny International Middle School partnered with The Seattle Public Library and other local organizations to publish student writing in the community.  This is one of the best expository essays submitted:

Doctors Shouldn’t Give You Shots

Do you hate shots?  I do.  If my mom or dad tells me it’s time to go to the doctor I won’t even get in the car.  I don’t think doctors should give you shots at all.  When I think about shots I just think about needles all around me.  They hurt, they are scary, and they have other substitutes for them!  Doctors just shouldn’t give you shots.

One reason doctors shouldn’t give you shots is because they hurt.  Specifically, it’s like they are stabbing you with a tiny knife!  I mean, no one really wants to be stabbed!  This shows that doctors shouldn’t give you a shot because they hurt.

Similar to the fact that shots hurt, they are also very scary.  What I mean is that they are piercing your flesh with a tiny knife and injecting stuff into you!  Scary, right?  And gross!  For example, I have to get surgery in January for my teeth and they are going to give me a shot in my elbow to make me pass out.  Also, I don’t understand why they call them shots.  That is literally like getting shot with a gun!  I mean that just makes it even scarier!  This proves that shots are scary and doctors shouldn’t give you them.

My final reason that doctors shouldn’t give you shots is because they have substitutes.  To illustrate, they have other things they can give you, like nasal spray.  And with all of today’s modern medicine they should be able to give you pills, right?  For example, my friend went to the doctor and he got nasal spray instead of a shot.  This proves that doctors shouldn’t give you shots and should give you nasal spray or pills.

In conclusion, doctors shouldn’t give you shots because they hurt, they are scary, and they have substitutes.  So next time you go get a shot tell your doctor about this and maybe they will stop giving you shots and start giving you a spray or a pill.

–Natalie, Southwest, Teen Blogger


How You Doing Denny?

Denny International TagulSchool Shout Out Denny International Middle School!

Thanks for being such a great audience today.  Do you want to read one of the books I brought to your school?  Click here to see the entire list.  Click here to see the prezi again.

The summer program starts June 23. Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

Want to write for this blog? Send us an e-mail and we’ll let you know how!  Remember to check out our tumblr page to see what Seattle teens create this summer.

Check out what else you can do at your library [for free] all summer long!  There is lots to see and do and learn and enjoy and experience and discuss.

Get involved @ Your Library!

Cheresse from Southwest

School Shout Out – Denny and Northwest Schools

Denny Northwest Worlde Today Cheresse from the Southwest Branch is visiting Denny Middle School and Shannon from the Central Library is visiting the Northwest School

We’d like to give a big SHOUT-OUT to all the students in both schools.

Cheresse will be talking about the books on this list, and Shannon’s can be found here

Now that you know our favorites of the year, what are you going to read this summer?

Sandra Cisneros in Seattle

dsc04675On Friday May 8th at the Central Library, 105 students and staff from Hamilton, Denny, Chief Sealth, and Garfield were lucky enough to meet Sandra Cisneros! In preparation for her visit, students read the book, Caramelo. Most students brought their copy of her book with them to the event.

Sandra started her talk by mentioning she is not a morning person which I am sure most students identified with! Sandra read from Caramelo that related to The House on Mango Street. It related to what happened to the character of Esperanza from The House on Mango Street that described her and her friend being stopped for shoplifting. It really captured the voice of an older teen that Esperanza would have evolved into. She reflected on how she created this story in the book and its relation to an experience she had while living in France. She talked about the process of writing and publishing the book. She began writing it in her 20s – it took 9 years to complete. She mailed off the manuscript while she was in Europe unsure of what would happen. Currently, she is writing a screenplay for a movie about the book.

dsc04673After she finished reading the story, she had a question and answer session with the students. A student from Hamilton asked why there were no quotation marks in the book. It was something I, and I’m sure other people there, were wondering. The answer: the quotes got in the way of what she was trying to say and made the book more complicated.

Since she asked the students questions as well,  she awarded them with a copy of Caramelo when they answered her question about the importance of literature in one’s life. There were many great answers but one that stood out was the student who responded in Spanish, “se alimentó su alma” (it nourished her soul).

dsc04695She urged the students to use the library and read and gave tips on writing or doing anything that one had a passion for. Sandra spoke of how 25 years ago The House on Mango Street spoke to the experience of people who looked like her. There were no other books like it. Today there are many Latinos/as who are writing about the experience of being a teen. She autographed a book for each student and posed for group photos with each school. It was an exciting event; the audience was attentive and ecstatic about getting a signed copy of the book!